Last fall, we had some professional pictures taken by a close friend of ours. He did such a wonderful job of capturing the closeness of our family. This is one of my favorite pictures of myself with two of my girls.
However, this is just one facet of my personality that I want my girls and children to remember and hold on to. If I was to die tomorrow, does this picture capture for my soon-to-be two- year old who her mother really was?
As an adult, I love to go through my pictures as I child. I love to see pictures of me with my siblings that are not staged or “set up”. My favorite pictures are those that show how much we cared about each other….that showcased laughter or spontaneous fun.
I wish I found more pictures of my mom and I. It seems that many of my pictures were taken by her with little photos of her. I wish I saw how we interacted. As children, we tend to grow up and be hard on our parents. I want to “freeze” memories with pictures to remind my children of all the good times we shared and will always have.
My tip for today is….be crazy. Go against the social “norm” and be willing to share yourself with your kids.
Don’t worry about how your hair looks or whether you have gained weight. Trust me…it will just be more to laugh about later…..=)
Take the time to savor these fun times…..
the Fashionista taking the first plunge into her cake….Daddy is ready to pounce on it…
Snuggles at a Laurie Berkner concert….
grabbing some snuggle time with DDD while cleaning the playroom….
Six flags with the oldest kids…….
I hope as my children get older that they view me as more confident than I actually am; more fun than most people think; and more loving than I ever hoped to be.
I can only wish that my children see the person that I am trying to be.